Mechelle Voepel Archive

  • Voepel: UConn men's soccer up for the challenge

    Tony Cascio has been one of the top players in the country during the regular season.

    Nov 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: UConn doesn't seem quite as invincible

    Sure, the end result was the same: UConn won again, running its win streak to 80 games. But with the Huskies having to battle back from the ropes, everyone got a taste of what this season could be: more interesting for those not pulling for the Huskies.

    Nov 14 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Auriemma, UConn play it cool heading into showdown

    Baylor will try to end UConn's win streak in Tuesday's 1-2 showdown. But Geno Auriemma and his Huskies are downplaying the game, saying nothing matters but being the last team standing in April.

    Nov 14 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Baylor opens season as a Final Four favorite

    Last season's run to the Final Four seemed more like a dress rehearsal for an up-and-coming young Baylor squad. Now, the Lady Bears are beginning the season as a Final Four favorite.

    Nov 12 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Field hockey's sisterly rivalry

    When the NCAA field hockey tournament kicks off this weekend, Jemma and Elly Buckley will be focused on bringing home the championship. Unfortunately, for one sister to win it all, it means the other must lose.

    Nov 12 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Summitt likes what she sees out of Lady Vols

    Defense and rebounding remain Tennessee's strengths. But with an improved post game, too, the Lady Vols are taking aim at a 19th Final Four.

    Nov 11 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: VanDerveer 'giddy' about Stanford

    Tara VanDerveer hardly wears her emotions on her sleeve. But the Stanford coach has a lot to be excited about this season.

    Nov 10 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Coach G digs in at Texas

    Gail Goestenkors turned Duke into a national title contender. But success hasn't come as quickly at Texas.

    Nov 9 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Boise State eyes NCAA title

    Boise State is No. 2 in the preseason polls, thanks to a few in-state stars who spurred the big boys to lift the Broncos from conference power to national contender.

    Nov 8 1:50 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: UConn still the one as 2010-11 opens

    Keeping their win streak alive is hardly the goal for the Huskies. UConn is simply focused on winning this season, not the 78 straight victories behind them.

    Nov 7 2:00 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Mystics brass baffles fans in announcing latest hire

    The Mystics are fresh off their best season. But from letting go last season's coach and GM to Monday's announcement that Trudi Lacey would take over both roles, the Mystics' brass and their lack of communication are puzzling and frustrating.

    Nov 3 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Lynx win No. 1 overall draft pick

    Minnesota won the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 WNBA draft. Will it be enough to help the Lynx return to the playoffs for the first time since 2004?

    Nov 3 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Marion Jones trying to find peace on and off the competitive stage

    It's ironic that the road not taken -- basketball -- ended up being a path Marion Jones came back to after all. Maybe that path will be the one that provides the closest thing Jones will experience to a happy ending in competitive athletics.

    Nov 2 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Soccer field is a sanctuary for Cleveland State coach

    Cleveland State's upset win over No. 1 Akron on Saturday was one of the most important in the program's history. And no one can put that history into a more amazing global perspective than Vikings coach Ali Kazemaini.

    Nov 2 5:48 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Sheryl Swoopes still waiting for farewell

    Sheryl Swoopes hasn't played in the WNBA in two seasons. So why hasn't she gotten the royal send-off the league's other founding players received?

    Oct 31 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Cowboys up

    Oklahoma State will play host to the Big 12 conference championships in cross country Saturday, as the Cowboys look to win their third league men's title in a row. It's the beginning of a stretch run, so to speak, toward defending their NCAA men's title.

    Oct 29 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Will Pokey Chatman be lift the Sky need?

    Some are happy she's back. Others will take a wait-and-see approach. But for a franchise that needs a lift, here's hoping Pokey Chatman is the right answer for the Chicago Sky.

    Oct 29 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Summitt's words fuel fire in UConn-Tennessee feud

    Geno Auriemma and Pat Summitt getting caught up in rhetoric is nothing new. But for once, Summitt tossed the verbal barbs. And Tennessee's coach has some explaining to do.

    Oct 27 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Maryland soccer scores major upset

    Maryland field hockey knocked off the nation's No. 1 team. The Terps' men's soccer and football teams scored impressive wins. But the women's soccer team made history.

    Oct 25 2:27 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: North Carolina, Maryland meet again

    North Carolina and Maryland are no strangers: the ACC rivals are the undisputed class of the sport. When they meet Saturday, revenge and tradition will be in play.

    Oct 22 12:39 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: All eyes on Baylor, Griner in Big 12

    As the Big 12 prepares for its final season before Nebraska and Colorado leave the conference, Baylor is expected to dominate the regular-season race.

    Oct 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Nebraska's last year of domination?

    If this does end up being a perfect last Big 12 season for the Huskers -- it would be their fifth in this conference -- there couldn't be a more appropriate representation of the Big Red Godzilla that Nebraska has been in league volleyball play for more than three decades.

    Oct 19 5:35 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: UConn still top dog as 2010-11 officially opens

    As practice officially opens Friday, one thing is certain: Until UConn loses -- like Geno Auriemma swears it will -- they Huskies are still standing at the front of the pack.

    Oct 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Liberty hire Whisenant as coach, GM

    New York on Tuesday became the latest WNBA franchise to hire one person to fill the roles of both coach and general manager.

    Oct 13 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: UCLA volleyball notches big win against Stanford

    In an otherwise all-around good weekend for Stanford athletics, the Cardinal volleyball team experienced its first loss of the season to Pac-10 foe UCLA.

    Oct 11 2:42 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel